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Etisalat slashes international call rates to 50 fils per minute

The offer is applicable for all landline users in the UAE, benefiting both, e-Life as well as non-Etisalat landline users

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  • Published: 17:21 May 9, 2010

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Dubai: In a move to offer the best international calling rates to landline customers, Etisalat has slashed the International Direct Dialing (IDD) rates to 50 fils per minute from May 10 till August 9, 2010.

All UAE landline users can call anywhere in the world, anytime, at just 50 fils per minute during this period, Etisalat said in a statement.

The offer is applicable for all landline users in the UAE, benefiting both, e-Life as well as non-Etisalat landline users. Users, who do not have an Etisalat landline connection, can also benefit from the reduced rates through the Etisalat Select Service that is offered free of charge; the user only pays for usage.

Available in two customised packages, the promotion offers additional flexibility to the customers to choose the most appropriate package as per their requirements.

First offer: Customers can benefit from the best international calling rates of 50 fils per minute (all day), for one selected country of their choice for a flat fee of AED 20 per month. Customers can call 125 to select their preferred country and enjoy the discounted rates. Rates of all other local and international calls will remain unchanged.

Second offer: Besides reduced call rates of 50 fils per minute for a selected country, subscribers to this offer have an option to pay a connection charge of Dh1 per international call to the selected country, rather than the flat fee of Dh20 per month. Hence, customers in this plan can choose to 'pay-as-used', rather than paying a monthly fee of Dh20. Rates of all other local and international calls will remain unchanged. 

Customers also have an option to switch from one offer to another, based on their utility.  Customers can subscribe to this promotion by dialing 125, or by visiting any Etisalat business center or outlet in shopping malls throughout the country. Etisalat mobile customers can subscribe to Etisalat Select service by sending an SMS "ES" to "1010". For all other mobile users, they can call 800-101 and request the service.

Subscribers of special IDD tariff plans such as "Super off Peak", "Favorite Country", and "Friends & Family" can also benefit from this promotion by subscribing to the above mentioned offers. The IDD tariff plans will be put on hold during the promotion period, and customers would automatically be reverted to their original plans after the promotion.

Comments (24)

  1. Added 18:11 May 10, 2010

    Etisalat is expensive in general, they only put on special offers to attract more customers then increase the prices again. I used to be with etisalat but then changed to Du. Du are much cheaper and offer better value for money.

    SM, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:59 May 10, 2010

    Etisalat should think itself ... why it unable to offer the actual call rates offered by other operators from outside the country to here.It is the time for realistic call rates.

    mohd, dubai, Afghanistan

  3. Added 17:50 May 10, 2010

    I have never expierenced cheap oversea calls in my 4 years stay in Dubai. It is always a challenge for me to call back home to chat with my family. It is normally cost me 7.50 Dhs per minute from Etisalat to call my home in Myanmar. I am here for my career away from family but not happy as my communication is totally rely on internet chatting.Though they advertise the promotion and most of the time my home country is not listed. How i wish the telecommunication company in the UAE can do something about the call rate which can applied to a lot of expatriates.

    Cho, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:15 May 10, 2010

    Before they used to give advertisement mentioning some thing free and there would be a star at the top. That means eithere there is subscription as free and monthly charges or vice versa. NOW another offer is coming. I dont think that this new offer will be benefit for the small middle class family.

    Anish Salam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:37 May 10, 2010

    As usual, Etisalat always comes up with such offers-either there are conditions or else the package is for certain users only. Du is comparatively better with the call rates even without any offers

    Sanu, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:08 May 10, 2010

    International Call rates in the UAE are already amongst the highest in the world - it would be much more appreciated if this were a permanent package and not a promotional one.

    Ali, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:55 May 10, 2010

    Etisalat gave good offer but they should extend this offer for all other countries.

    Irshad, Doha, Qatar

  8. Added 11:53 May 10, 2010

    The truth is for a 3 minute call you pay 1 dhs plus 1.5 dhs, that is 2.5 dhs. total. This is lower than usual etisalat rates. But still one of the highest in the world. I will still stick to my e-series nokia and voip

    J Krishnan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:09 May 10, 2010

    hope this is valid to india....

    radha, deira, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:04 May 10, 2010


    SANDEEP SINGH, DUBAI, Afghanistan

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